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1. Stocks soar after US delays plans for some China tariffs -

And back up goes the stock market.

Investors flipped back into buying mode Tuesday after the U.S. said it would hold off on tariffs of Chinese imports of mobile phones, toys and several other items typically on holiday shopping lists. China also said the two sides held discussions on trade overnight and would talk again the next two weeks.

2. CBS, Viacom to reunite as media giants bulk up for streaming -

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS and Viacom announced a long-anticipated reunion Tuesday, bringing together their television networks and the Paramount movie studio as traditional media giants bulk up to challenge streaming companies like Netflix.

3. Dow slumps nearly 400 points as trade war anxiety lingers -

Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street Monday, knocking nearly 400 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The benchmark S&P 500 had its worst day in a week as the sell-off put the market deeper into the red for August. The selling was widespread, with technology companies and banks accounting for a big share of the decline.

4. Big business to Supreme Court: Defend LGBTQ people from bias -

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 200 corporations, including many of America' best-known companies, are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that federal civil rights law bans job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

5. S&P 500 win streak marks 5th day on solid company earnings -

Technology companies helped lead stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Tuesday as strong earnings reports from several companies put investors in a buying mood.

The rally, which briefly wavered around midday, extended the benchmark S&P 500 index's winning streak to five days.

6. With new board in place, CBS to decide Moonves' exit pay -

NEW YORK (AP) — The newly elected CBS board faces daunting tasks: deciding whether former CEO Les Moonves gets a $120 million exit package following a sexual-misconduct investigation and charting a path for CBS to recover after the scandal.

7. With the fall of a kingmaker, CBS is punished on Wall Street -

NEW YORK (AP) — Sizing up a future of a network without its kingmaker, Wall Street sent shares of CBS down sharply Monday, the first day of trading since the departure of Les Moonves.

CBS said late Sunday, as more allegations of sexual abuse surfaced, that Moonves would be replaced and that the company was shaking up its board of directors.

8. Report: CBS CEO Moonves negotiating exit with board -

NEW YORK (AP) — The Wall Street Journal is reporting that CBS chief Les Moonves is negotiating with independent directors of CBS' board for a possible exit.

CBS has appointed two law firms to investigate Moonves for sexual harassment allegations stemming from a July New Yorker article. CBS didn't return a request for comment. The report cites unnamed people familiar with the talks.

9. Stocks finish mostly higher as tech and media companies lead -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rose Wednesday as investors bet that technology companies and small, domestically-focused firms will continue to do well even if the trade dispute between the U.S. and China gets worse. Media companies jumped after Disney reached a new deal with Twenty-First Century Fox.

10. 'Incredibles 2' crushes animation record with $180 million -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The combined powers of superheroes, the Pixar brand and a drought of family-friendly films helped "Incredibles 2" become the best animated opening of all time, the biggest PG-rated launch ever and the 8th highest film launch overall.

11. After AT&T's win, here comes the expected Comcast-Fox bid -

NEW YORK (AP) — After AT&T-Time Warner comes the deluge. Comcast bid $65 billion for Fox's entertainment business on Wednesday, a day after a federal judge has cleared AT&T's $85 billion takeover of Time Warner.

12. US stock indexes eke out small gains after early rally fades -

The major U.S. stock indexes eked out small gains Monday after a late-afternoon pullback weighed on small-company shares.

The market had been broadly higher earlier in the day on hopes that trade tensions were easing between the U.S. and China. But much of that rally faded, leaving decliners on the New York Stock Exchange outnumbering risers.

13. Stocks jump late, clawing back ground lost on trade fears -

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks, retailers, health care and energy companies climbed Tuesday as U.S. stocks regained much of what they lost in a steep drop a day earlier. Several big technology companies including Apple also recovered.

14. Losses for US stocks continue as industrials and banks slide -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday morning as losses from the previous day continue. Major indexes are off about 1 percent. Banks, industrial and technology companies are faring the worst. Companies including Hanesbrands, Yelp and Roomba maker iRobot are down sharply following disappointing quarterly reports, but Twitter is soaring after it reported a quarterly profit for the first time. Bond prices are falling and yields are rising.

15. Dow industrials recede from 26,000 as early gains fade -

Losses by industrial and technology companies helped pull U.S. stocks lower Tuesday, pulling the market back from its latest record highs.

The slide erased some of the gains from a broad rally earlier in the day that had sent the Dow Jones industrial average past the 26,000-point threshold for the first time.

16. As Disney swallows Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood -

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood.

Disney's deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the "Big Six" major movie studios, toppling one of the industry's most famed studios and dramatically redrawing the Hollywood map.

17. US stocks dip as retailers and media companies slump -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are slipping in early trading Thursday as retailers and communications and media companies decline. Women's clothing retailer J. Jill is tumbling after it slashed its forecast for the third quarter. AT&T is falling after it said it expects to lose DirecTV subscribers, while cable company Charter and entertainment conglomerate Viacom are down on reports that Viacom channels may go off the air in the New York area because of a contract dispute.

18. US stocks close slightly lower, trimming earlier losses -

U.S. stocks closed slightly lower Wednesday, making up much of the ground they lost earlier following a rare batch of earnings disappointments by Walt Disney and other big companies.

Consumer-focused stocks, media companies and banks accounted for much of the market decline. They outweighed gains in health care stocks and elsewhere. Small-company stocks fell more than the rest of the market.

19. Another strong month of hiring sends stock indexes higher -

NEW YORK (AP) — Banks and other stocks climbed Friday after the government reported more gains in hiring last month, the latest signal that the economy is continuing to hum along. The modest gains wrapped up another quiet week for the stock market.

20. Apple takes Dow over 22,000 points; other stocks fall -

NEW YORK (AP) — Being the world's most valuable public company has its privileges, like getting almost all the credit for the latest stock market milestone. Apple made its biggest jump in six months Wednesday, helping send the Dow Jones industrial average above 22,000 points for the first time.

21. Stocks dip as media, health care companies fall; banks jump -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks dipped Wednesday as media and health care companies took losses. The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, but bond yields and banks rose as investors felt rates will increase soon.

22. US stock indexes move higher, renewing record highs -

Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks higher Thursday afternoon, pushing the major indexes further into record territory. Investors were poring over earnings from Kellogg, Viacom and other companies. Energy stocks were also up as the price of crude oil headed higher. Utilities and materials were lagging the market.

23. New Nasdaq record on mixed day for US stocks as oil rebounds -

Utilities, real estate and other big-dividend-paying companies led U.S. stocks mostly higher Wednesday, pushing the Nasdaq composite to a new record for the second day in a row.

The gains by big-dividend-paying stocks came as bond yields fell, making those traditional safe-haven companies more attractive to investors seeking income. Banks and other financial stocks were the market's biggest laggards.

24. 'Nashville' returns with transgender actress, new plot lines -

NASHVILLE (AP) - The new season of "Nashville" starts with traditional songs rooted in gospel and folk music rather than big production country songs.

Rayna, played by Connie Britton, finds a revelation after hearing a blind man singing "Wayfaring Stranger," an Appalachian tune estimated to be two centuries old. And Juliette, played by Hayden Panettiere, sees an angelic vision in white singing the hymn "God Shall Wipe All Tears Away."

25. Redstone firm calls off CBS, Viacom merger proposal -

ATLANTA (AP) — Media mogul Sumner Redstone's National Amusements is abandoning a proposal that CBS and Viacom reunite after a 10 year split.

The news comes as Viacom named acting CEO Bob Bakish as its permanent head.

26. Oil spurt drives Dow to record despite drop for most stocks -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks mostly fell on Monday, but a spurt in oil prices helped push the energy sector higher and the Dow Jones industrial average to another record.

The Dow rose 39.58 points, or 0.2 percent, to extend its record set on Friday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index, which is the benchmark for many more investors than the Dow, pulled back from its own record, also set on Friday, and dipped 2.57 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,256.96. The Nasdaq composite fell 31.96, or 0.6 percent, to 5,412.54.

27. OPEC deal shows cartel's resolve — and desperation -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday as EpiPen maker Mylan and other drug companies face scrutiny over increases in product prices. Oil prices are little changed after a big surge a day ago, but companies that drill for oil are climbing. A slide in high-dividend stocks like utilities and real estate companies is also pulling the market lower.

28. Stocks slip as drug companies fall; oil drillers climb -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are lower Thursday as EpiPen maker Mylan and other drug companies face scrutiny over increases in product prices. Oil prices are little changed after a big surge a day ago, but companies that drill for oil are climbing. A slide in high-dividend stocks like utilities and real estate companies is also pulling the market lower.

29. Top 10 highest-paid CEOs -

Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2015, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive data firm.

1. Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia, $94.6 million, up 881 percent. Expedia's stock return last fiscal year: 47 percent.

30. CEO pay climbs again, even as their stock prices don't -

NEW YORK (AP) — CEOs at the biggest companies got a 4.5 percent pay raise last year. That's almost double the typical American worker's, and a lot more than investors earned from owning their stocks — a big fat zero.

31. Viacom CEO sues to be restored to Redstone trust -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Viacom's embattled chief executive sued Monday to be restored as a director and trustee to entities that control Viacom Inc. and CBS Corp. after a weekend move by media mogul Sumner Redstone stripped him of the positions.

32. US stocks finish a little higher as health care jumps -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished just a bit higher Monday as gains for drug companies were almost canceled by sharp losses for metals and energy companies.

Coming off two weeks of losses, stocks traded in a narrow range. Drug company stocks, which have been under pressure recently over concerns they'll have trouble raising prices for medicines, moved sharply higher. The energy market was shaken up and the price of oil fell as Saudi Arabia replaced its oil minister. Metals companies tumbled on renewed worries about China's economy.

33. Legislators playing expensive game with LGBT issues -

The silly season is in full swing on Capitol Hill, but the “bathroom bill” and any jokes surrounding it are no laughing matter anymore. It’s getting downright expensive.

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said this week the bill dealing with transgender student use of restrooms could cost the state more than $1.2 billion in federal funds for K-12 and higher education.

34. Country artists condemn LGBT laws, but labels silent -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Several country music artists and songwriters have condemned proposed laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people, but anyone looking for reaction from the record labels and production companies on Nashville's Music Row has heard only the sound of silence.

35. Transgender bathroom bill delayed amid financial questions -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The sponsor of a Tennessee transgender bathroom bill told a Senate committee Tuesday that he has to consider a state attorney general's opinion before going forward. The move came the same day the White House called the proposal "mean-spirited."

36. Tennessee AG: Transgender bathroom bill could be costly -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's attorney general says a transgender bathroom bill that is moving through the state Legislature could put the state's federal education funding at risk. If he's right, it could jeopardize more than $1.2 billion in federal money for K-12 and higher education.

37. Transgender restroom bill revived by Tennessee House panel -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee House panel has revived a bill seeking to require public school students to use restrooms that match their sex at birth.

The House Education Administration and Planning Committee voted 8-4 on Wednesday to reverse an earlier decision to study the bill after the Legislature adjourns for the rest of the year. The bill was then approved by the same vote.

38. US stocks end a bumpy day slightly lower -

U.S. stocks extended their three-day losing streak Tuesday, closing slightly lower after spending most of the day wavering between gains and losses.

Energy companies led the decline as the price of U.S. crude oil sank nearly 6 percent. It's now at about $28 a barrel. The market's bumpy ride followed a slide in European stock indexes and steep losses in Japan, reflecting mounting investor anxiety that the global economy is slowing.

39. Slide in energy companies moves US stocks modestly lower -

Major U.S. stock indexes moved lower in afternoon trading Tuesday, on course for their third drop in a row. Energy stocks led the decline as a slide in oil prices accelerated. Investors were weighing the latest batch of company earnings news and looking ahead to the beginning on Wednesday of two days of testimony before Congress by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. European markets fell following steep losses in Japan.

40. Sumner Redstone resigns as chair of CBS -

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS says media mogul Sumner Redstone has resigned as chair of the company's board, replaced by the company's CEO, Leslie Moonves.

The company says Redstone's resignation took effect Tuesday and he now serves as chairman emeritus.

41. US stocks slip, led by weakness in the energy sector -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks retreated modestly Wednesday after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen implied that Fed policymakers are still considering raising interest rates in December.

42. Pay TV industry shows cracks in media earnings -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Further cracks emerged this week in the pay TV bundle as media companies and distributors indicated that more people are cutting the cord and ditching pricey channel packages. Meanwhile, media company executives did damage control, putting a positive spin on the prospect of selling individual channels online.

43. Media stocks are among biggest losers in midday trading -

NEW YORK (AP) — Big media companies led the stock market lower Thursday as investors fretted over fading revenue from cable television. Viacom and 21st Century Fox were among the hardest hit.

44. Top 10 highest-paid CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) — Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs for 2014, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay data firm:

1. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $156.1 million, up 368 percent

45. Media heads rule ranks of best-paid CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) — They're not Hollywood stars, they're not TV personalities and they don't play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

Six of the 10 highest-paid CEOs last year worked in the media industry, according to a study carried out by executive compensation data firm Equilar and The Associated Press.

46. ESPN says Verizon's new FiOS TV packages violate agreements -

NEW YORK (AP) — Breaking up the cable-TV bundle won't be easy. ESPN is objecting to how Verizon is giving its FiOS TV customers more choice.

In new plans that went into effect Sunday, Verizon made the ESPN and ESPN2 sports channels optional, but ESPN says its contracts with Verizon prohibit the channels from being in a separate sports package.

47. Events -

Music Tech & Futures Summit. The interactive conference, organized by Innovation Enterprise, will bring together pioneers within the music industry to discuss optimizing digital music and enhancing benefits within a high tech industry. The two-day conference will address topics such as the future of the record label, sharing music and its importance to the industry, data decisions through song placement and platforms vs. publishers. International Events Director at Innovation Enterprise Nathan Meyer said Nashville was the obvious choice to host the event. Speakers include executives from Kobalt Music, Deezer, Downtown Records, Viacom, ASCAP and iHeart Radio. Conference sessions will run Thursday and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with multiple face-to-face networking opportunities with industry leaders. Online videos of all sessions, with integrated slides and audio, will be made available to all attendees after the event. Information and registration: http://bit.ly/1tt7MmL.

48. Events -

African-American History and Culture Conference. The 34th annual Nashville Conference of African-American History and Culture will take place Friday at the Tennessee State University Avon Williams campus. Co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, and the Metropolitan Historical Commission, the conference will focus on the educational and musical legacies of Nashville’s African-American community. For more than 30 years, the conference has brought together historians, students, educators, community leaders and those interested in African-American history and culture. Registration is $20, which includes admission to all speakers and performances, additions to the Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee series, and other publications. Lunch and parking are also included. Information and registration: www.nashville.gov/mhc, 862-7970.

49. Events -

First Saturday Art Crawl. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents paintings by juniors Marlos E’van and Aaron Harper at its downtown gallery WAG during the Feb. 6 edition of the First Saturday Art Crawl. The monthly visual arts event is presented by 5th Avenue of the Arts and takes place in that historic entertainment district of downtown Nashville. On the first Saturday of every month, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., an alliance of art galleries and museums collectively invite the public to explore the vibrant Nashville downtown art scene. More than 20 art venues participate. Admission free. Information: www.nashvilledowntown.com/play/first-saturday-art-crawl.

50. Events -

Financial Fitness Friday. Regions Bank is offering free financial reviews. Meet the financial team at any of Middle Tennessee’s 88 offices and learn more about getting financially fit in 2014. Experts will be available to discuss anything from budgeting, buying a home or car, managing debt, savings and much more. This year’s program also serves as the launch of a video series outlining financial “workouts of the week” on topics including planning, savings, tax preparation and retirement. Information: www.regions.com/advice.rf.

51. ESPN to be available without cable, dish -

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching sports has been the Holy Grail. Until now — Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.

52. US stocks inch higher on earnings, merger news -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are inching higher in afternoon trading Thursday as traders respond to generally positive corporate earnings results. DreamWorks soared on a report that Hasbro is trying to buy the movie company. The price of oil fell to a four-year low.

53. 5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study.

Compensation experts say a variety of factors are at play, including the gain in media stocks, the intangible value of talent in a hit-or-miss business, the control of shareholder power in very few hands, and the decline of the financial sector.

54. Top 10 highest-paid CEOs -

NEW YORK (AP) — Here are the 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2013, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay research firm:

1. Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million, up 246 percent

55. Viacom 3Q net income rises 20 pct -

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc. said Friday that its fiscal third-quarter net income rose 20 percent, boosted by higher affiliate fees at its cable TV channels and an increase in advertising revenue.

56. Viacom 4Q earnings up 13 pct despite revenue drop -

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc., owner of the Paramount movie studio and cable TV channels such as Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, said Thursday that its net income grew 13 percent in its fourth fiscal quarter even as revenue fell more than Wall Street expected with the lack of a strong theatrical release.

57. Stocks fall after weak retail reports -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock indexes fell Thursday, pushing the Dow to its lowest since July, after U.S. retailers turned in mixed earnings reports.

Wal-Mart's stock dropped $2.78 to $68.50 after the company issued a weak forecast for fourth-quarter profits. Ross Stores, whose stores includes Ross Dress for Less, fell $1.41 to $53.71 after its earnings forecast for the next quarter disappointed analysts. Limited Brands, the owner of Victoria's Secret, dropped $1.19 to $45.40 after its earnings outlook also fell short of analysts' expectations.

58. Barnes & Noble launches new Nook HD -

NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is rolling out two new versions of its Nook tablet with sleek new hardware and a sharper high-definition screen. The bookseller's move heightens the already intense tablet wars heading into the holiday season.

59. Barnes & Noble to introduce Nook Video service -

NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble Inc. says it will launch a video service this fall that lets users buy and watch movies and TV shows on their mobile devices and televisions.

60. Mighty Mouse: Investors flock to safety of Disney -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — These are happy times in the Magic Kingdom.

The Walt Disney Co.'s stock is up 35 percent so far this year, outpacing its media company rivals.

61. News Corp. considers split in 2, stock jumps -

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Under pressure to limit contagion from the British phone-hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Tuesday that it is considering splitting into two publicly traded companies.

62. Typical CEO made $9.6M last year, AP study finds -

NEW YORK (AP) — Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs.

The head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm.

63. Viacom 2Q earnings up 56 percent -

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc., the owner of Paramount Pictures, MTV and Comedy Central, on Thursday said its net income rose 56 percent in the latest quarter, even though a slate of movies that was lackluster compared with last year held back revenue.

64. US stocks dip after conflicting economic reports -

Wall Street gnawed on a muddle of economic data and corporate earnings Thursday, pushing stocks lower after a brief rise.

The American consumer's buying power was thrown into doubt early on after Costco, Macy's and Target posted disappointing April sales. Colder temperatures and renewed concerns about the economy weighed on shoppers.

65. Viacom 1Q earnings shredded by 'Rock Band' -

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom posted a 65 percent drop in net income for the latest quarter as it took a charge related to the "Rock Band" series of video games.

Viacom Inc., the owner of Paramount Pictures, MTV and Comedy Central, earned $212 million, or 38 cents per share, in the October to December quarter. That's just over one-third of the $610 million, or $1 cents per share, it earned in the same period last year.

66. Stocks surge as Italy, Greece allay debt fears -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks surged Friday, erasing their losses for the week, after Italy and Greece moved closer to forming new governments and getting their financial crises under control. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped back above 12,000.

67. Colbert gets conditional OK on campaign finance -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission said Thursday that comedian Stephen Colbert can use his TV show's resources to boost his political action committee, but he must disclose some major expenses as in-kind contributions from the show's corporate owners.

68. Events -

Third annual Arts Immersion, presented Thursday by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville in partnership with The Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, showcases dance and theater, surprise musical guests and film reels from the Nashville Film Festival, as well as visual art from some of Nashville’s finest painters and photographers. The evening is topped off with a unique silent auction including tickets and wristbands to the Americana Music Festival, tickets to see the Avett Brothers, Nashville staycation packages, and a six-week acting class in the Meisner technique from Actors Bridge Ensemble. 6:30 p.m., Nashville Farmers Market. Tickets: $40, available at the door or through ABCnashville.org.

69. Viacom 2Q earnings jump 54 pct, revenue up 20 pct -

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc., the owner of MTV and Paramount Pictures, reported on Thursday a sharp increase in its net income for the latest quarter, boosted by popular shows such as "Jersey Shore," its kids' network Nickelodeon and an improved advertising market.

70. Viacom posts lower 1Q earnings, revenue -

NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom Inc., the owner of the MTV channel and Paramount Pictures movie studio, said Thursday its fiscal first-quarter profit dropped 12 percent due mainly to lower home DVD sales compared with a slew of strong releases in 2009.